The Kentucky Derby is a great event for horse lovers and fashion lovers. You don’t need to live hear Churchill Downs or even Louisville to enjoy the excitement — simply plan your very Derby party at home with this card and follow the to-do list below.
Kentucky Derby Party Invitations
First of all, you’ll want an awesome invitation to set the scene! Here is one specifically designed for the big event and you can change the wordings online yourself for free. Please click for customization and order details.
Derby Party Decorations
First of all, for the Run of the Roses, it is best to shower your entrance with rose or rose petals, or make good use of boxwood topiaries to make a beautiful floral centerpiece. Remember to get red roses which is the traditional flower used.
Derby is known for the jockeys’ colorful uniform, and you can set this tone with colorful napkins and cutlery — the plastic bowls and plates from IKEA (the one that comes with a pack of rainbow colors) will do the work.
Here is the recommendation and recipes from Southern-living:
- Kentucky Hot Browns
- Bourbon-Marinated Pork Tenderloin
- Country Ham and Biscuits
- Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie
- Bourbon Balls
For cocktails, Mint Julep is the classic, but the other ones are great too:
- Mint Julep
- Black-eyed Susan Cocktail
- Long Island Iced Tea
- Bourbon Smash
- Whiskey Sours
- Bourbon Cider Sour
Party Dress Code
In true Derby spirits T-shirts and jeans should not be allowed. Here is a detailed Kentucky Derby Fashion Guide for your information
It can be a fashion hat competition among the ladies and throwing horseshoes (made of card stock) in the backyard for the children. Sky is the limit!
For More Information
The Kentucky Derby official website has great suggestions on how to organize this unique party. Have fun!